With Chicago becoming bitterly cold, I was unbelievably happy when Umphrey’s McGee announced that Brendan Bayliss and Jake Cinniger would be putting on an acoustic show to benefit Keys 4 Kids; it was going to be at Schuba’s right down the street from my apartment. If you’ve never been to this bar/venue, try and make the trip. It’s a truly great Chicago spot to see a show.
The show had a great many covers, including That’s the Way (Led Zeppelin) and I’m Only Sleeping (The Beatles), with the latter sending great chills down my spine. Every time I see these guys perform, I want to quit my day job and follow them around the country. Andy had a nice little percussion setup going on, while Joel came on mid set to grab a spot to the left of Brendan on a huge bar stool.
The show highlights to me included Bullhead City, The Crooked One > Kielbasa Sauage, and Roulette with the keyboard part sung by Joel and Brendan. It was a wonderfully intimate show, as I’m sure a lot of their other acoustic shows have been. Read on for the setlist and some photos…
Previously: Umphrey’s McGee on the Cover of Relix
Schuba’s, Chicago, Illinois
Resolution > Jam, In the Kitchen, That’s the Way (Led Zeppelin), Never Cease to Amaze, Walletsworth^, Nemo^, Pequod^^, Women Wine and Song, I’m Only Sleeping (The Beatles), Bad Poker, Bullhead City$, Helplessly Hoping$ (Crosby, Stills, and Nash), The Crooked One, Kielbasa Sausage (Tenacious D), Bell Bottom Blues (Derek and the Dominos), Trouble (Cat Stevens), Willin’ (Little Feat), Roulette^
second annual Xmas Party; procedes benefited Keys 4 Kids charity
Jake and Brendan solo show, on acoustics
Andy was on percussion for most of the show
^ with Joel on vocals
^^ with Joel on “whale sounds”
$ with Elliott Peck on vocals